Snowflake Photomicrography

Snow flake

Snow flake
20 January 2009, 15:09:14

Photo Credit: Unique, snow flake.jpg
By Pen Waggener (Flickr: Unique) [CC BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Snowflakes are ice crystals that form in the sky and fall to the ground. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the arms of a snowflake are formed when “water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals.” Snowflakes are fragile and melt quickly. It was not until people began experimenting with photomicrography that they were able to both preserve and appreciate their beautiful geometry.

Source: “How do Snowflakes Form?” – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Website

Wilson A. Bentley: The Snowflake Man

Portrait of Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man

Portrait of Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man
Courtesy of Snowflake Bentley, The Official Web Site of Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931)

Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) is considered a pioneer in the field of photomicrography. He was a self-educated farmer who admired the beauty of snowflakes so much that he began photographing them.

The official Wilson A. Bentley website briefly describes how he developed a way to photograph snowflakes by “adapting a microscope to a bellows camera.”

Some of his noteworthy accomplishments include being “the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885″ and photographing “more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime.”

The website further notes that “his snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world” and that “he published many articles for magazines and journals, including Scientific American and National Geographic.”

Bentley’s lifelong passion for snowflakes is revealed in the following quote that he made toward the end of his life in 1925:

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

In 1931, the year that he died, McGraw-Hill published his book called Snow Crystals, which contained more than 2400 snow crystal images.

Source: Snowflake Bentley: The Official Website of Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931)

 

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By Wilson Bentley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Snow flakes by Wilson Bentley.

Snow flakes by Wilson Bentley. Bentley was a bachelor farmer whose hobby was photographing snow flakes. ; Image ID: wea02087, Historic NWS Collection ; Location: Jericho, Vermont ; Photo Date: 1902 Winter
Source: Plate XIX of “Studies among the Snow Crystals … ” by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.” From Annual Summary of the “Monthly Weather Review” for 1902.

 

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By Wilson Bentley (http://snowflakebentley.com/snowflakes.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, "The Snowflake Man."

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.”
Uploaded October 16 2006
Source: http://snowflakebentley.com/snowflakes.htm

 

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By Wilson Bentley (http://snowflakebentley.com/snowflakes.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, "The Snowflake Man."

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.”
Source: http://snowflakebentley.com/snowflakes.htm

 

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Snow flakes by Wilson Bentley ; http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/wea02087.htm ; Plate XIX of “Studies among the Snow Crystals … ” by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.” From Annual Summary of the “Monthly Weather Review” for 1902. Bentley was a bachelor farmer whose hobby was photographing snow flakes. ; Image ID: wea02087, Historic NWS Collection ; Location: Jericho, Vermont ; Photo Date: 1902 Winter

 

Modern Snowflake Photomicrography

As time passed, more advanced imaging techniques were developed. Two common methods of photomicrography used today are focus stacking and electron microscopy.

Focus Stacking

The following snowflake photos are examples of focus stacking images. Wikipedia defines focus stacking as “a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images.”

Source: “Focus Stacking” – Wikipedia

 

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By Ludek (own ork) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

snow crystal

snow crystal

 

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By Ludek (own ork) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0, GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 snow crystal

snow crystal

 

Electron Microscopy

The John Innes Centre, a company that specializes in plant bioimaging, describes the electron microscope as “a type of microscope that uses a beam of electrons to create an image of the specimen.” As a result, it “is capable of much higher magnifications and has a greater resolving power than a light microscope, allowing it to see much smaller objects in finer detail.” Because they are large and expensive, electron microscopes are used primarily by large companies and government organizations. The following snowflake photos were taken by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Source: “What Is Electron Microscopy?” – John Innes Centre Website

 

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By user:Brian0918 (Credit: Erbe, Pooley: USDA, ARS, EMU) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Snowflake 300um LTSEM, 13368, Rime frost on both ends of a "capped column" snowflake.

Snowflake 300um LTSEM, 13368, Rime frost on both ends of a “capped column” snowflake.
23 July 2006
Source: Credit: Erbe, Pooley: USDA, ARS, EMU

 

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This image is a JPEG version of the original PNG image at File:Snow_crystals_2b.png.
Photo credits from original PNG image:
By Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture [1] (http://emu.arsusda.gov/snowsite/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ordinary hexagonal dendrite snowflake, highly magnified by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope. This version has been artificially colorized to emphasize the central flake.

Description from original PNG image:
Ordinary hexagonal dendrite snowflake, highly magnified by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope. This version has been artificially colorized to emphasize the central flake.
Source: http://emu.arsusda.gov/snowsite/

 

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See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Snow flakes highly magnified by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Snow flakes highly magnified by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope (SEM). The colours are called “pseudo colours”, they are computer generated and are a standard technique used with SEM images.
10 March 2007
Source: http://emu.arsusda.gov/snowsite/

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Snowflakes

Although I sit on this beach

In the middle

Of June

I live

In the middle

Of a deep winter

That came

When you left.

 

“Gone is gone”

I scrawl

In the snow

With frostbitten fingers

But your shadow

Still lingers.

 

How can

The warmth

Of the summer sun

Compare to

The cold comfort

Of memories of you?

Each one

A precious snowflake

Shimmering glimmers

Of what once was

Before the winter.

 

Photo Credit: Snow Flakes.jpg
By Dakota Lynch (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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First Snow

Winter slowly awakens

Searching for trees

Unwilling partners

In its tormenting, freezing dance.

 

Unable to flee

Winter’s cold grasp

The trees mourn

Their yearly fate

To sway to its crippling rhythm.

 

A blast of icy wind

Shakes the dying autumn leaves

The fire of life is out

The trees go to sleep

Dreaming of spring

In a shroud of snow.

 

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By Nonnecke (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

golden autumn leaves and snow

Johnston Green in late autumn
22 November 2007

 

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By Lars Tiede from Tromsø, Norway (First snow at Kattfjordvatnet) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

lake with autumn plants and snow covered mountains in background

First snow at Kattfjordvatnet
8 October 2011, 15:56
Source: First snow at Kattfjordvatnet

 

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By Liga Eglite from Cesis, Latvia (Flickr: Flikram_3) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

First snow at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. 30 October 2012, 10:45:30 Source: Flickr: Flikram_3

First snow at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
30 October 2012, 10:45:30
Source: Flickr: Flikram_3

 

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By Moonik (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Park of the Impressionists in Rueil-Malmaison, department of Hauts-de-Seine in France under the first snow of the winter. 30 November 2010

Park of the Impressionists in Rueil-Malmaison, department of Hauts-de-Seine in France under the first snow of the winter.
30 November 2010

 

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Wolfgang H. Wögerer, Wien [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Palm house at Schönbrunn, Vienna, seen from "Palmhouse parterre"

Palm house at Schönbrunn, Vienna, seen from “Palmhouse parterre” (app. N).
22 November 2008

 

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Jim Bain [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

St Andrews Castle covered with snow

St Andrews Castle Yet another shot of the castle but the first with a dicht of snow.
23 November 2008
Source: From geograph.org.uk

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Happy Thanksgiving

I searched for some fun photos for this post because I want to begin my Thanksgiving celebration with a few good laughs. I need them, especially after enduring a few busy and somewhat stressful weeks of doing dull errands and rushing to finish outdoor chores before darkness covers my world at the early hour of 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!  I would also like to take a moment to send positive healing wishes to my fellow WordPress bloggers who are sick or facing other difficult circumstances this year. Take care of yourselves, and I hope things will get better. :)

 

Thanksgiving Signs

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Photo was taken by Flickr user Susyblue, from http://flickr.com/photos/susyblue/66669452/ . Published under CC-BY-SA.

Lusty Lady "Happy Spanksgiving" marquee

Marquee of the Lusty Lady, a peep show in downtown Seattle, Thanksgiving 2005.

 

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By Lis Rock (originally posted to Flickr as 154-5423_IMG) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

French Market, New Orleans

French Market, New Orleans
27 November 2004, 11:48:50
Source: originally posted to Flickr as 154-5423_IMG

 

Turkey Balloons

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By Sean McMenemy (Flickr: _MG_3049) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A turkey balloon animal from the 2nd Annual Liberty Giving Thanks

A turkey balloon animal from the 2nd Annual Liberty Giving Thanks
24 November 2011, 10:13:25
Source: Flickr:_MG_3049

 

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By Jon Harder (User JonHarder) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Macy's parade turkey parade float and Underdog parade float

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Broadway in the upper 40s, 1979. Bob Keeshan rides the Tom Turkey float as the Underdog balloon follows.
November 1979

 

Thanksgiving Food

Does this look appetizing to you?

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By Edsel Little (Next Childhood-45) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Flambéed sweet potato pie

Flambéed sweet potato pie
6 January 2012, 21:43
Source: Next Childhood-45

 

These look too cute to eat.

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By Jamie from Birmingham, AL, USA (Turkey Cake Pops) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Cake Pops

Turkey Cake Pops
22 November 2011, 08:46
Source: Turkey Cake Pops

 

Turkey Trots

Wikipedia describes a turkey trot as a “fun run or footrace, usually of the long-distance variety, that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States.” It further notes that “[m]ost turkey trots benefit local charities.”

Source: “Turkey Trot” – Wikipedia

 

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By U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Army Spc. Alexander Raborn runs in a turkey trot race

U.S. Army Spc. Alexander Raborn, the designated turkey for the Kabul Satellite Turkey Chase 10K run, takes part in the event Nov. 27, 2011, at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Raborn was selected to be “chased” by a variety of coalition runners from ISAF’s contributing nations. More than 100 runners showed up for the event despite gusty winds and rain-soaked roads. The race was a satellite version of the main Turkey Chase held Thanksgiving Day in Bethesda, Md.
27 November 2011, 08:30:22
Source: http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imagery.html#a=search&s=thanksgiving&n=90&t=0&guid=9277accb5c0b08a5c253564de36c00044fc37067

 

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By “A. A. Brack, S. A. Texas” (“S. A.” = San Antonio?). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 Postcard of a "Turkey Trot" in Cuero on November, 26, 1912 (about Thanksgiving Day in the United States)

Postcard of a “Turkey Trot” in Cuero on November, 26, 1912 (about Thanksgiving Day in the United States)
26 September 1912

 

 

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November Skies

I hope you enjoy these beautiful autumn sky pictures. All of these photos were taken in the month of November but only two of them were taken in the same year.

I cannot believe how fast the time is passing by.  It will be winter soon!

 

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By Robert Basic from Germany (sky Uploaded by AVIA BavARia) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

sky

sky
21 November 2013, 01:24
Source: sky

 

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By Guy MOLL from Faro, Portugal (plage de Faro Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

photo of a beach and dark clouds

plage de Faro
3 November 2006, 11:40
Source: plage de Faro

 

Phoenix on the sky.jpg

By FrankPan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

sunset photo

sunset at south west marine drive
29 November 2011

 

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Walter Baxter [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

starling birds flying together at sunset

Starling shapes in the evening sky A large number of starlings congregate at Gretna every evening at sunset during the winter months to perform an elaborate aerobatic display before roosting in nearby conifer plantations. It can be quite breathtaking to witness the birds twisting into unusual patterns in the sky.
29 November 2008
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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By Ryan Mcdonald from ireland (Warrenpoint red sky) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Carlinford Lough early morning

Carlinford Lough early morning
27 November 2007, 08:38
Source: Warrenpoint red sky

 

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By waterwin (Quiver trees in Namibia waiting for a new day) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

quiver trees before sunrise

After taking pictures of the night sky, the coming of a new day gives a band of light in the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop
10 November 2008, 04:53
Source: Quiver trees in Namibia waiting for a new day

 

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By Rob Shenk from Great Falls, VA, USA (Full Moon at Great Falls Uploaded by Gary Dee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

full moon over the waterfalls on the Potomac River

View of an early evening full moon rising over the Great Falls on the Potomac River in Great Falls, Virginia
20 November 2010, 04:59
Source: Full Moon at Great Falls

 

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By tirados joselito from Aix-en-Provence, France. (Flickr.) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The moon reflecting off the ocean in La Reunion.

La lune se reflétant sur l’océan à La Réunion.
English translation: The moon reflecting off the ocean in La Reunion.
26 November 2004, 04:06
Source: Flickr

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Tree Oddities

I am impressed by the lengths trees will go to in order to survive. They will bend their limbs and roots so that they will fit in small out-of-the-way spaces. They will push their way through rocks and bricks and sometimes grow into them. They will defy wind and gravity even if it means being twisted into the bizarre shapes you will see in this week’s post.

 

Deformed tree in Goodland’s Gardens – geograph.org.uk – 1277485.jpg

Nick Chipchase [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Deformed tree in Goodland's Gardens Originally the tree had grown into a wall.

Deformed tree in Goodland’s Gardens Originally the tree had grown into a wall.
28 April 2009
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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By Siechfred (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tree root growing over an old stone arc (Hacienda Cocoyoc, Oaxtepec, Mexico)

Tree root growing over an old stone arc (Hacienda Cocoyoc, Oaxtepec, Mexico)
1 May 2003

 

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Dave Fergusson [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Unusual Birch Growing from a seam in the rock in Fascadale Wood.

Unusual Birch Growing from a seam in the rock in Fascadale Wood.
22 April 2007
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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By Angela Marie (Flickr: 090207_0345) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 A "hook-beating" birch

Eine „hakenschlagende“ Birke (Betula sp.)
English translation: A “hook-beating” birch (Betula sp.)
1 July 2010, 09:22
Source: Flickr: 090207_0345

 

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By Mitch Barrie from Costa Mesa, CA, USA (Limber Pine along the Sky High Trail) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Limber Pine along the Sky High Trail, San Gorgonio Wilderness, San Bernardino Mountains, California.

Limber Pine along the Sky High Trail, San Gorgonio Wilderness, San Bernardino Mountains, California.
4 September 2011, 13:42
Source: Limber Pine along the Sky High Trail

 

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Ann Harrison [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

tree with unusual twisted branches

Tree With Unusual Twisted Branches This tree is in a small park not far from the south end of the town centre.
11 May 2009
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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By Thomas Dahr [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Pinus sylvestris, deformed by wind.

Pinus sylvestris, deformed by wind. Approx. 60 years old, planted on sandy land close by the coast of Halland, Sweden.
Source: Photo by Thomas Dahr, 1979, at Frösakull. Kodakchrome diapositiv.

 

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By Geolina163 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Berchtesgaden: Geotop Magic Forest Hintersee: Tree roots in rock boulders of the landslide

Berchtesgaden: Geotop Zauberwald am Hintersee: Baumwurzeln an Felsgeröllen des Bergsturzes
English translation: Berchtesgaden: Geotop Magic Forest Hintersee: Tree roots in rock boulders of the landslide
25 October 2006, 06:15:22

 

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By Googlesuresh (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

photo of tree roots on hillside

1 January 2009

 

Unusual root system seen from the footpath to Clicket – geograph.org.uk – 688600.jpg

Ian Wigley [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Unusual root system seen from the footpath to Clicket Part of a neglected "bank and hedge" field boundary, left to nature.

Unusual root system seen from the footpath to Clicket Part of a neglected “bank and hedge” field boundary, left to nature.
10 February 2008
Source: From geograph.org.uk

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Zoomorphic Pareidolia

Many people have seen faces or strange shapes in clouds or other objects. This psychological phenomenon is called pareidolia. According to Wikipedia, pareidolia “involv[es] a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.” It “is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.”

This week’s post features rocks that most of us will perceive as animals, a phenomenon known as zoomorphic pareidolia. These rocks are found throughout the world in a variety of settings, including arid regions and rocky coasts.

Source: “Pareidolia” – Wikipedia

Bear Rocks

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By Tobias Helfrich (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

photo of Capo d'Orso rock formation

Bär des Capo d’Orso
created 25. Sep. 2005

 

Tourists at Capo d’Orso, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.jpg

Marek Slusarczyk [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tourists at Capo d'Orso rock, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.

Tourists at Capo d’Orso rock, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.
17 July 2005

 

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By Arkoudes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

the Bear Rocks off the coast of Milos

The Bear Rocks off the coast of Milos taken by my own camera on a boat.
[Editor’s Note: Milos Island is located in Greece.]

 

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By Vihou World (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Arkoudes (The Bear Rock) off the shore of Milos Island.

Arkoudes (The Bear Rock) off the shore of Milos Island.
22 August 2014

 

Camel Rocks

Yehliu – Camel Rock.jpg

By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel's head rock in Yehliu Geopark, on the north coast of Taiwan

Camel’s head rock in Yehliu Geopark, on the north coast of Taiwan
13 March 2011

 

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Roland Unger [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel rock south of Tineida, el-Dakhla depression, Libyan Desert, Egypt

Camel rock south of Tineida, el-Dakhla depression, Libyan Desert, Egypt
17 February 2002

 

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Roland Unger [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel rock in the White desert, Qasr el-Dakhla, Western desert, Egypt

Camel rock in the White desert, Qasr el-Dakhla, Western desert, Egypt
6 March 2011

 

Elephant Rocks

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By Cesco77 Francesco Canu (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Elephant Rock in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy

Elephant Rock in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy. This natural sculpture made by wind and rain has a Domus de janas [a type of prehistoric chamber tomb] inside of it.
22 May 2009

 

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By InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA (Valley of Fire State Park) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

photo of Elephant Rock in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

One of the crown jewels of Nevada State Parks system, Valley of Fire is a nice day trip from Las Vegas, and offers many hiking opportunities.
This is Elephant Rock, located at the eastern entrance of the park. The leftmost “pillar” does look like an elephant nose.
31 December 2011, 14:21
Source: Valley of Fire State Park

 

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By ГП (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The elephant rock near Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

The elephant rock near Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
12 May 2012

 

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By Gruban / Patrick Gruban from Munich, Germany (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Saltwork formation in the shape of elephant - location: Sahara, Illizi, Algeria

Saltwork formation in the shape of elephant (Sahara ; Illizi, Algeria)
April 15, 2006
Source: Flickr

 

On an unrelated note, this is my 100th post! :)

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